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At the very least, coat a wood deck with a penetrating sealer to fend off rot and decay—or stain it to add color and extra protection. Waterborne stains suit most types of wood, but only oil-based stains can penetrate tropical hardwoods. Stains with more pigment last longer and offer better sun protection than semitransparent or clear ones. Composite boards need a finish that suits the material; seek advice from the manufacturer.
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